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Social security employees strike will still go ahead on Monday, says PSA

The PSA is demanding a 12% salary hike while Public Service and Administration Minister Ayanda Dlodlo is offering 7%.

FILE: Members of the Public Servants Association (PSA). Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Public Service Association (PSA) says a strike by Social Security Agency (Sassa) employees will go ahead as planned on Monday.

The PSA says Sassa has disagreed to enter negotiations because it considers itself a branch of the Public Service Co-Ordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC), which determines wages for all public servants.

The PSA is demanding a 12% salary hike while Public Service and Administration Minister Ayanda Dlodlo is offering 7%.

This is despite a wage agreement signed yesterday by unions affiliated to Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) - which will see workers earning between 6% and 7% more.

The PSA has disputed Sassa’s claims, saying the agency has its own separate Bargaining Council to negotiate wage increases.

PSA spokesperson Tahir Maepa said: “PSA is an agent of the government, just like Sars and many other agencies, and we have organisational rights separates to those in public service. So, these actions, unfortunately, was met with anger from some of our members because they were also expecting salary increases from 1 April.”

The PSA had also planned the so-called day of rage strike that had threatened to cripple public services on Monday but has since called this off after the majority of unions reached an agreement at the PSCBC on Friday.